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About the Centre

“Bringing the best of the world to Wales
and showcasing the best of Wales to the world.”

Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. One of the UK’s top cultural attractions and home to eight resident partners, this Welsh landmark stages musicals, opera, ballet, circus and contemporary dance alongside the UK’s largest programme of free performances.



Aiming to truly become the ffwrnais awen (“furnace of inspiration”) of its world famous inscription, the Centre is committed to working with people of all ages within its diverse community. Through an ambitious Creative Learning and Community Engagement programme (, the Centre has made the arts accessible to so many people who might not otherwise have had the opportunity. These unique artistic experiences make a huge difference to people’s lives across Wales and beyond, raising aspirations through creativity.


As a registered charity, the Centre relies on regular support and donations to continue this activity, to change young lives and to extend horizons. To explore ways of supporting the Centre,

click here and see the real difference you can make.



•  On its 7.5 acre site in Cardiff Bay, the Centre has a 1,900 seat lyric theatre, designed for opera, large scale musicals, ballet and contemporary dance – as well as a studio theatre, a dance house and orchestral hall.

•  Since 2004, the Centre has welcomed over 13.5 million visitors through its doors. It is Wales’ premier visitor attraction, now attracting an average of 1.5m visitors each year.

•  The Centre has entertained 3.38 million audience members (more than the entire population of Wales).

•  It has staged 4,200 ticketed theatre performances and over 4,000 free performances. 

•  As Wales’ national arts centre, it employs more than 1,000 people in an arts village of nine creative organisations. It also houses a 150 bed youth hostel.

•  To date, the Centre has provided creative opportunities to over 200,000 children and young people, with over 60,000 children having enjoying a sleepover there.

•  Lord Lloyd-Webber has called the Centre “the best theatre built in the world in the last 50 years.”